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The Wartime Memories Project - The Great War - Day by Day

7th December 1916

On this day:

  • Lloyd George becomes Prime Minister   David Lloyd George became Prime Minister of the British coalition government. He had previously been the Minister of Munitions.

  • Hostile Trench Mortars   236th London Brigade Royal Field Artillery report the morning was quiet. At 1400 Trench Mortars were active on I.30.a and a scheme four was effective in silencing them. Visibility bad owing to the mist. At 1530 a stationary engine was heard working near Stirling Castle. A bugle was heard at 1600 behind Bodmin Copse.

    War Diaries

  • 33rd Bn AIF morning conference   In billets. Working parties supplied to AE.

    10 am Conference of OC,COs and Second in Command.

    33rd Btn Australian Imperial Force War Diary, La Chapelle-d'Armentières

  • 33rd Battalion AIF Routine Order No.128    33rd BATTALION. A.I.F.
    Lt-Col LJ Morshead
    Armentières, 7th December, 1916

    In order that the troops when in trenches will have a clean pair of socks daily, it will be necessary to withdraw one good pair for every man and send them to Q.M. store for despatch to Divisional Baths, to form a stock for re issue. These must be returned to Q.M. by noon on 8th inst.
    The procedure will be as follows: –
    Companies and smaller detached sections will arrange that men change their socks daily, the wet ones will be collected and packed in sandbags and taken to Regimental Transport Co. Divisional Baths. An equal number of clean socks will be given in exchange for wet ones handed in and clean ones will come back in waterproof bags issued at Divisional Baths. Clean socks are now available at baths.

    Really R.O. No. 126 para 62?.1237 delete 8 am and read "7 am".

    Each Company will submit a return by 10 am on Friday, 8th inst. showing number required to complete the issue of one per man. Allowances thus been made for all H.Q. details attached.

    GAS HELMETS 1255
    One Gas Helmet per man - all ranks - must be collected for return to Q.M. by 12 noon on Friday, 8th inst.

    Re R.O. 127. para 1251. – Companies will in future notify Battalion HQ that this picquet has been duly warned whenever the duty has to be found by them.

    DUTIES 1257
    Captain of the week: Capt. SF Sorenson (in lieu of Capt. Douglas. special duty)
    Subaltern of the day: 2/Lt. WD McKenzie
    Next for duty: 2/Lt. FA Clarence
    Regimental Orderly Cpl: Cpl. CSL Byrne
    Next for duty: Cpl. JA Williams
    Regimental Orderly Sgt: Sgt. RN Genge
    Next for duty: Sgt. RH Blomfield

    GUM BOOTS 1258
    Great care must be exercised to prevent Gum Boots being used unnecessarily, as owing to industrial conditions considerable difficulty will be experienced in obtaining further supplies. Their use in some parts of the line will be seldom necessary and the utmost care will be taken to ensure that they are not worn unless the condition of the trenches render it imperative. The correct procedure for handling Gum Boots is as follows:-
    Men in Front and Support Lines should have Gum Boots, a spare pair for every man being kept in reserve in the store; where wet boots can be exchanged for dry ones. Reliefs, going into trenches require authority for issue of boots from the Asylum, and those relieved will wash boots in tube provided for that purpose outside the asylum, handing them over to be dried. Great care must be exercised to prevent Gum Boots being used when they are not needed and thus causing undue wear.

    Owing to the risk of accident through the handling of grenades by inexperienced persons, no officer, N.C.O. or man other than Company or Battalion bombers must handle or fire rifle grenades.

    (Signed) RC Jones 2/Lt.
    Adjutant. 33rd Battalion A.I.F.

    33rd Btn Australian Imperial Force War Diary

  • 7th December 1916 Inspections

  • 7th Dec 1916 Drug Control


    Quiet – raining. Trenches in very bad condition. Patrols from raiding party went out.

    The National Archives Reference WO95/2361/1

  • 7th Dec 1916 On the Move

  • 7th Dec 1916 Dull Day

  • 7th Dec 1916 Relief

  • 7th Dec 1916 Better Rations

  • 7th Dec 1916 Working Parties

  • 7th Dec 1916 Training

  • 7th of December 1916 Salving Parties

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Remembering those who died this day.

  • Pte. John Maurice Higgins. 1st Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Benjamin Hill. Middlesex Regiment 1/8th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Samuel McBride. Royal Irish Rifles 2nd Btn. Read their Story.
  • Bdr. Joseph Taylor. Royal Field Artillery 60th Bde, B. Bty Read their Story.

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